Escape from Botany Bay - Gerald Hausman, Loretta Hausman
This little novel was surprisingly good. I loved the narrative voice, and the story was absolutely riveting. There were a few typos and formatting errors in the Kindle version, but these could be forgiven for the compelling content within. The story of Mary, and her journey from English prisons to Botany Bay (Sydney, when it was a penal colony) and then back again are one of the best examples of human survival in conditions where nature and men are intent on returning you to the bottom.

I was really grateful for the authors' choice in making the more dark elements subtle. The story is written in a diary format but it well-researched. I highly recommend this read to anyone, even people who don't tend to like nonfiction-- it reads like one! Mary's life was an amazing one.